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My name is Maddi and I am a veterinary nurse.
South Africa – near Port Elizabeth.
20 years old
The opportunity came up as part of my veterinary nurse course, and I have always wanted to go to South Africa – so I decided to go for it.
It was organised through my college.
I needed several vaccinations – hepatitis A and B and typhoid. I also did quite a bit of research myself into where we were going, but to be honest a lot of the information was provided for us.
We were supposed to be away for two weeks, but we ended up being away for three weeks.
We stayed on a reserve with a family and did lots of activities during the day – we went on safari, to the beach, built camps, went on nature walks and worked with SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
The only problem we faced – which was quite a big one, was the big delay in getting home. While we were away the volcano in Iceland erupted, which cancelled flights all over the world left us stranded in Johannesburg for around a week.
Tip: Always make sure you are covered for all eventualities. we offer a range of niche travel insurance policies as well as policies for specific countries, see both our South African travel insurance and our Safari travel insurance, should you want to go visit animals in the wild whilst you’re away.
The entire trip was amazing; we went on Safari, elephant back riding and rock climbing.
The balance was actually really good, it was probably 50% work and 50% free time, the balance evened out quite well.
We generally just relaxed, we went to the pool, sat in the sun with everyone, and explored.
As an animal lover, visiting the SPCA and working with them was really good, and getting to cuddle a three week old lion cub was amazing!
Getting stuck in Johannesburg and having to stay in a rubbish hostel wasn’t fun!
Do it! And don’t be afraid to talk to people, nine times out of ten people will talk back.
I enjoyed being in a group, I’m not sure I would want to do it alone.
Yeah, and I would also love to go back to South Africa.Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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